Jumphouse-Gründer Christoph Ahmadi & Till Walz © Bärbel Schmidt

Hamburg's Jumphouse in final of Deutscher Gründerpreis

Trampolines proving big hit - start-up now targeting business people

Christoph Ahmadi, Till Walz and the Jump House team have reached the final of the German Entrepreneur Award (Deutscher Gruenderpreis) after the jury ranked them among Germany’s top three start-ups in 2017. Last year, Jump House won the Hamburg Entrepreneur Award (Hamburger Gründerpreis). “The nomination alone is a great honour for us and our team. It shows clearly that we have created not only something valuable for thousands of our satisfied guests, but also a company that is thriving on the market. It is opening up great prospects as an employer,” said Ahmadi. Other finalists vying for the national German Entrepreneur Award are Munich’s Grillido that provides low-fat sausages and the Cologne-based Silexica that helps software developers and architects to program multi and many core hardware platforms.

Search for other locations

Ahmadi and Walz launched Jump House in 2014 and Hamburg’s first trampoline park opened in December of that year. The opening triggered an unrivalled trend after well over 100,000 guests flocked to Jump House Hamburg in the first year alone, according to the company. Meanwhile, more trampoline parks have opened in Hamburg, Berlin, Flensburg, Cologne and Leipzig bringing the total to five and more are planned. “Our own expansion team searches, views and rates property and partners across Germany to develop halls,” said Walz. Around 470 employees work in all five locations.

Team building in trampoline park

Huge halls with several thousand square meters of space await visitors to Jump House. Around 140 trampolines in various sizes and degrees of difficulty are available as well as many other fun attractions. The main sections in each hall have up to 75 interconnected trampolines, 3D trampoline ball arenas, basketball trampolines and airbeds as well as a Ninja course. Children can look forward to birthday parties or school tours to Jump House, which also provides sports’ amenities for business people.

Business idea established on market

The initators of the German Entrepreneur Award stern magazine, Sparkassen, ZDF and Porsche will present the prize on June 20, 2017 in ZDF’s studios in Berlin. “Naturally, we are excited and very eager. We are looking forward to the experience, advice and dates connected to the nomination,” said Ahmadi and Walz. The jury selects three firms in the “start-up” category who have established their business idea on the market. Three other finalists that have been in existence for up to nine years and can show extraordinary growth have been nominated in the “achiever” category.

Start-ups from Hamburg often fare well in the competition. The founders behind Lemonaid Beverages GmbH won the Deutscher Gründerpreis 2016 in the category “achiever” for impressive growth since 2009. In 2015, another Hamburg-based company named Jimdo won the prize in the same category.

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